In A Dry Season (Inspector Banks, #10)
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In A Dry Season (Inspector Banks #10)

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When a boy finds a skeleton buried in a dried-up reservoir, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is brought in to head what seems like a routine, dead-end investigation. He finds it is anything but. With the help of Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot, Banks uncovers long-kept secrets in a community that has resolutely concealed its past.

As Banks and Cabbot unravel the decepti...more
Published June 6th 2006 by Penguin Canada (first published January 1st 1999)
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Erica Verrillo
In a Dry Season is Robinson's most complex, most sensitive and most satisfying novel. A skeleton, the victim of a violent murder 50 years past, is discovered in a ghost town. Banks, more for personal reasons (his marriage is falling apart) than for anything else, sets out to solve the crime. But who is the victim? Why was she murdered? After fifty years these questions are not easily answered. As Banks unravels this mystery, a second mystery, a story told by an unidentified witness, takes us bac...more
Shirley Schwartz
I agree with a number of people that this is a great series and that this book is where the series steps over to be a serious contender in the great mystery series genre. I have enjoyed the books up to now, but they did not really prepare me for the complexity of this novel. Robinson's Chief Inspector Banks is a wonderful creation. This is a book that blends the past and the present and Robinson does this seamlessly. We flit back and forth from present-day England to England during the Second Wo...more
Not my favorite so far of the Inspector Banks books. I thought this one drug along slowly in the middle and was a bit too long. It was rather unusual for me to wish the epilogue would be shorter and more to the point. (view spoiler)...more
Kirsty Darbyshire
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"In a Dry Season is a 1999 work by Peter Robinson and (I discovered after reading it) one of a series of novels featuring Inspector Alan Banks and set in the fictional town of Eastvale in Yorkshire.

I was drawn to this book (I admit it) because I was intrigued by the photograph on the cover, of a winter tree and a church, almost fully submerged in water. Obviously a manipulated image, but intriguing nonetheless. My copy shows a 1940s bomber aircraft reflect...more
Robinson, Peter. IN A DRY SEASON. (1999). *****. This in as an extremely well-written and plotted mystery from Robinson featuring his series character, DCI Alan Banks. In the early 1950s, the small village of Hobbs End in Yorkshire was ultimately buried under tons of water as the hollow it occupied was turned into an additional reservoir for the surrounding towns. Now, in the late 1990s, several years of drought have caused the old village to reappear. A young boy was playing in one of the old b...more
I read Peter Robinson's first Alan Banks novel, GALLOWS VIEW, and thought "Eh, not bad." At some point in many series, however, comes a book that kicks things up a notch. I get the feeling this was such a book for this series.

Banks, who's gotten onto his superior's naughty list, gets shuffled off to investigate a murder that apparently happened in the 1940's. The murder would have gone completely undetected had the reservoir that drowned the tiny village of Hobb's End not run dry and exposed th...more
It was indeed a dry season. So dry that the Thornfield Reservoir has completely dried up exposing the village of Hobb's End which was flooded when the reservoir was made in the aftermath of WWII. A curious child can't resist exloring the old village when he accidently falls through a rotting roof, lands deep in mud, and comes up holding a skeletal hand.

Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot are both in their supervisor's bad books and that's how they end up investigating this seemingly hopeless case.

I ofte...more
Robinson is always good, but this one to me wasn't as strong as others. For one he keeps flashing back to this character, supposedly hugely formative to his career decision, who we've never heard of before - Jem. Huh??? I also didn't buy into Sandra's little appearance - w/o calling, just showing up at the worst time and being a bit of a biotch. That was out of character and a bit too convenient (read: sloppy). I did enjoy progression of the back story (other than the Sandra appearance). But wha...more
Dec 31, 2010 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers,
Recommended to Lisa by: book club
With In a Dry Season, Peter Robinson creates a mostly suspenseful tale in which the much beleaguered DCI, Allan Banks and the freethinking DS Annie Cabbot grapple with a decades old murder, love, their own pasts and family ties. However, brevity is the soul of suspense as well as wit, and this books is not blessed with anything akin to brevity. While I found all facets of book, including the detectives' personal lives,intriguing there were many times when sections could have been neatly pared to...more
I enjoyed this thoughtful, many layered mystery, and the passages evoking life in a bygone era were particularly interesting. I usually find that this kind of split point of view doesn't work for me, but this was an exception. I enjoyed both the modern day investigation, including Banks' adaption to single life, and the view of events leading up to the murder. I do, however, question describing it as suspenseful, as it was not particularly suspenseful. Complex, intriguing, fascinating even, but...more
I enjoy this author and I like his fictional character Detective Chief Inspector Allen Banks. I think that this authors greatest strength and weakness is the attention he gives to DCI Banks’ personal life. In some ways it makes the character more believable and in some ways you just want to get into the story. I felt that this book lacked some of the intensity of the other books written by this author.
If you like the PBS television show 'DCI Banks,' read the series it is based on by Peter Robinson. 'In a Dry Season' is the tenth in the series and the first I've read. Alan Banks has been relegated to boring desk jobs for insubordination and is assigned to a cold case when a skeleton is found in an abandoned village which is revealed when the summer drought dries up the reservoir that had covered the town for fifty years. The book alternates between the story of the village during WW II and the...more
This compelling mystery was rightly recommended by the English Mysteries group. I quit reading it near the beginning, partly because I didn't immediately care for either of the alternating narrators, but mostly because 2 of my least favorite crime-fiction cliches loomed: the schlumpy heavy-drinking workaholic middle-aged detective who's nevertheless a babe magnet, and the jealous vain paper-pushing boss who's out to get him. Everyone urged me to give this 10th book in the Inspector Banks series...more
Enjoyed reading this police procedural especially the budding relationship between Banks and Annie Cabbott, will be interesting to read the next in the series.
A village that has been covered by a reservoir since the end of the 2nd world war has reappeared because of a drought. A young boy uncovers a buried skeleton while looking for treasure. Detective Chief Inspector Alan banks is put on the case as a punishment. This is a fascinating novel which slips effortlessly between the present and the past to tell the story of Gloria and how she came to die and disappear. All is not it seems and there is a lot of unravelling to do. Well written, and I will ce...more
Whew ! Gotta say reading this book was like peeling the layers off a onion. Sometimes it makes you cry and ultimately there is not much of a plot to write home about !! The complex chemistry between banks and the various characters is the real pull of this novel. Other wise there are not many real clues or plot twists to talk about.

Read this ONLY if you like Robinson's trademark style of character development. Otherwise I found wednesday's child a better and more underrated entry in the alan ban...more
Ian Mapp
Easily the best Robinson - with Banks having now split from his wife, a jump that makes me think that I have perhaps missed a book in the sequence.

Simple story, beautifully told. A village flooded to make a resevoir, is revealed during a drought and a body is found. One of the people involved with the story hears this on the news and she is an author who writes crimes and the story of the body/murder is revealed in alternating chapters with the current investigation.

This book within a book techn...more
How can I give this book 4 1/2 stars? The series keeps getting better, developing the main characters, filling in back stories, weaving the relationships into more complicated patterns. It's really good.

Banks has been exiled to desk duty for months thanks to the vindictive Jimmy Riddle. Riddle finally gives him what looks to be a no hope case. The town of Hobbs End was abandoned in the 50's, flooded by a reservoir which has emptied in a dry summer. A young boy playing in the abandoned buildings...more
The first I've read of Peter Robinson's books, and in short: I'm going back to read more of his books. I'm not going to reiterate the plot here as other reviewers have done same, but I'll only say that the interweaving of the different times and characters' viewpoints was a little difficult to follow--I had to check carefully to be sure I knew who I was looking at--but the changing viewpoints and cliffhanger style of switching definitely heightened the suspense for me. I do also appreciate that...more
Karen Brooks
This is a fabulous novel that really stretches both the crime genre and the reader's knowledge of the wonderful central character, Alan Banks. It is my favourite Inspector Banks novel to date (though I haven't read them in order and thoroughly enjoyed gaining so much of Banks' back story and discovering elements of his private life). This novel opens when a village that has lain beneath a reservoir for decades, Hobbs End, is exposed after a particularly dry season. Keen to explore the rotting ru...more
In m’n wonderjaren was ik een fervent, zeg maar verwoed, lezer van de betere schelmen- en pulpromans – Joyce, Proust, Burroughs, Pynchon en Danielewski, het kon niet gortig, woest en platvloers genoeg zijn – maar dezer dagen vul ik als plichtsbewust burger m’n zeeën van tijd doorgaans met het doorworstelen van vuistdikke analyses van la condition humaine verpakt in protserige, paginalange metaforen, inclusief uitstapjes richting filosofie (hoe hermetischer, hoe beter!!), sociologie, psychologie...more

Weer een mooi boek van Peter Robinson, zijn inspecteur, Banks, komt steeds meer en meer tot leven. Ik vind het leuk om de hoofdpersonages zo mooi uitgewerkt te zien. Je gaat doorheen alle boeken, meer en meer meeleven met de inspecteur, geeft voor mij een extra dimensie aan de reeks.

In dit boek is de inspecteur op een zijspoor gezet, zijn vrouw heeft hem verlaten, hij is verhuisd en moet opnieuw beginnen. Algauw is de zaak waar hij op gezet wordt, zijn redding. Het klikt met de agente waar hij...more
Helen Kitson
Robinson interweaves a contemporary detective investigation with the wartime journals of Gwen Shackleton. Gwen turns out to be the sister-in-law of Gloria Shackleton, whose skeleton is discovered in a dried-out reservoir constructed on the site of a deserted Yorkshire village.

Gloria was a land girl whose husband, Matthew, went missing during the war, believed killed in a Japanese POW camp. Fifty years on, Chief Inspector Alan Banks has the unenviable task of trying to solve Gloria's murder. Ther...more
Tricia Neville
Having been introduced to Peter Robinson's quite recent books in the DI Banks series, I enjoyed them so much that I decided to go back to the beginning of the series and work my way through all of them. I finished "In a Dry Season" today (No 11 in the series) and it is the best of all the books in the series that I've read so far.
The story switches between the contemporary investigation and a first person account of the events during World War II which lie at the root of the investigation. I wa...more
Linda Root
This was a good police procedural and the first of the series that I have read. Perhaps because I spent 25 years of my life in criminal prosecutions in So. California, I enjoy the genre but also like a change of scenery. Somehow I had missed Robinson, finished this one yesterday and just downloaded another. I like the setting--the submerged village where a body is found when the reservoir is drained, and the fact that much of the action is set in WWII Britain, another twist. The story of Gloria...more
#10 DCI Alan Banks British police procedural set in the Yorkshire dales. Banks, slowly recovering from the tailspin caused by his wife Sandra leaving him months previously, his son Brian dropping out of college to form a rock band, and being on the 'outs' with his Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle, is thrown a joke of a case by Riddle designed to do nothing more than put him in his place.

Off to a remote area of their district to investigate a set of bones discovered by a young boy playing in some ru...more
My first Peter Robinson book which will definitely not be my last. This book focuses on mystery in it's truest sense like louise penny's novels.

This novel has a premise which two very good named authors(Buried Prey and Black-Box) have not done well which is a un-solved murder mystery with very little to fall back on.

The author has done brilliantly well with the thin plot he had as there was nothing much you can do with a 50 year old corpse with village being submerged in water for almost the sam...more
This was a wonderful book. Robinson is a master at creating characters. And the plot was very believable and interesting. This is the first book of his I have read and I am dying to read more.

When a reservoir dries up in Yorkshire, England, an old skeleton is found. It is determined early on that the it is a young woman who had been murdered. It is up to Inspector Banks, along with DC Annie Cabbot to figure out what happened 50 years ago. Robinson switches back and forth between present time and...more
Ron Chicaferro
This book is a stunning addition to the Inspector Alan Banks novels by Peter Robinson. Banks is trying to get on with his life after his wife of 20 years leaves him. His job, what he normally lives for, is about as worse as its ever been. Life does, indeed, seem merciless. Then, an old skeleton is found - a body that dates back to the mid 1940's - the time of World War II in Britain. Banks is put on the case. He's assited by a new character to this series of novels - a female Detective Sargeant...more
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Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire. After getting his BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds, he came to Canada and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a PhD in En...more
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